Wednesday, December 31, 2008
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The instructors could definitely use some extra uke help. Little experience is needed so this is a wonderful opportunity for anyone in the dojo, regardless of rank, to be in involved in a community service project.
If you can help, please call Mike Lewis as soon as possible at 325-2474 (office), 624-2531 (home), and cell 943-9433.
Monday, December 29, 2008
Q: How many kokyu nages can you think of in response to a yokomen attack?
A: 1? 5? 10? 15? (At Open Mat on Sunday we found 14.)
What is a kokyu nage? From Aikiweb wiki (see http://www.aikiweb.com/wiki/Kokyu_nage):
Kokyu-nage, or "breath throws" are a seemingly very broad and ambiguous class of throws. They range from virtually no-touch techniques to what can appear to be "body slams." Some techniques, such as those termed iriminage and hiji-ate nage in many styles, are referred to as types of kokyunage by other styles.
A few theories exist on what makes a kokyu-nage a kokyu-nage, and do not necessarily contradict one another:
- Techniques that should be done in a flowing fashion, "in one breath."
- Techniques where uke's energy continues uninterrupted.
- Kokyu as timing or the flow of energy: thus, not depending upon joint manipulations but upon subtler timing and control of uke's attention.
- Techniques where uke seems to be thrown with nothing more than "a breath."
In tonight's 7:00 pm class we will explore several of the many kokyu nage options available in response to yokomen.
Saturday, December 27, 2008
Join us for breakfast afterwards at The Liberty on Winton Road. Hope to see you there!